Heel Pain Treatment Cairns Plantar Fascial Tear / Strain Treatment Cairns

Plantar Fascial tear / strain treatment Cairns is provided by the professional team at FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics. What is a Plantar Fascial tear / strain? The Plantar Fascia is a band/fascia of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the base of the toes. This fascia is the main supportive structure through your arch and takes the majority of the load whilst you are walking. Due to this fact, acute strains of the plantar fascia are relatively common and are not to be missed. These strains most commonly occur in the mid-portion of the plantar fascia (as opposed to the insertion at the heel) and are known to respond well to conservative treatment. Patients generally present complaining of a painful focal point under their arch, localized swelling/bruising and +/- a palpable lump. One of our Podiatrists will test and assess the presenting conditions and if you are diagnosed as having a Plantar Fascial tear or strain, an appropriate treatment plan will be developed to suit your specific needs.

Why and how did I suffer a Plantar Fascial Tear / Strain?

Individuals of all ages can suffer from an acute plantar fascial strain, but when diagnosing patients and preparing customised Plantar Fascial Tear / Strain Cairns treatment plans, there have been several recurrent risk factors noted that increase your likelihood of a tear or strain. These are as follows:

  • Sudden increase in activity levels
  • Incorrect footwear
  • High or low arched feet
  • Biomechanical abnormalities
  • Previous Cortisone injection
  • Sudden increase in weight
  • Prolonged standing on hard surfaces
  • Direct trauma (e.g. Rugby tackle)

How is a Plantar Fascial Tear / Strain diagnosed?

A thorough history and clinical examination will generally be sufficient for the diagnosis of a plantar fascial strain. Once that is established you will be referred for an Ultrasound or MRI to determine the extent of the tear and to rule out a complete rupture. From there, we prepare a customised Plantar Fascial Tear / Strain Cairns treatment plan, to suit your specific symptoms and biomechanics.

Plantar Fascial Tear / Strain, Cairns Treatment Options

There are range of Plantar Fascial Tear / Strain Cairns treatment options available. These include but are not limited to the following.

  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Custom insoles / Cairns orthotics
  • Padding/strapping
  • Air-cast boot
  • Rest & Ice
  • Period of non-weight bearing

Plantar Fascial Tear / Strain - Prognosis

Depending on the severity of the strain and patient compliance to our Plantar Fascial tear / strain Cairns treatment plan, recovery should take 2-6 weeks. A progressive return to activity is advised in conjunction with our Plantar Fascial tear / strain Cairns treatment, in order to allow the plantar fascia time to adapt to increased load. This is often done in conjunction with custom insoles and supportive footwear.


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